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Deacon Richard Baum

Formation director

Deacon Richard Baum, 78, of LaGrange Park, died Jan. 23.

Deacon Baum was originally ordained for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, and was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1986. He served St. Anne Parish and at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary as associate director and then director of the diaconate formation program (2002-2005).

Deacon Baum also was an optics engineer with Bell & Howell and Singer-Link (a flight simulation company) and a project manager with Northrup and Motorola. After retirement, he was a substitute high school teacher.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine “Skip” Baum; his children Joseph Baum and Mary-Elizabeth Beavers; and granddaughter Amanda Baum-Wagner.

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Deacon Thomas McGorey

Class of 1979

Deacon Thomas McGorey, 87, died Jan. 29. He was ordained in 1979 and served at St. John of the Cross Parish, Western Springs. He also served as associate director of the Office of the Diaconate for 13 years.

Deacon McGorey grew up in Chicago, raised his family with his late wife, Mary Kay, in Bellwood and retired to Burr Ridge. He worked for 29 years at Illinois Bell.

He is survived by his children, Katie Watson, Margie DiGangi, Pattie Bomher and Thom McGorey; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Margaret McGorey.

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Sr. M. Bernadette Medrzyk


Holy Family of Nazareth Sister Bernadette (Irene) Medrzyk, 97, died Nov. 30 in Des Plaines in the 79th year of her religious life.

Born in Chicago’s West Pullman neighborhood, she entered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in 1938 and professed her first vows in 1941. 

In 1943, she began her first of many teaching assignments at St. Michael (South Shore).

She also taught in Indiana and Texas and was one of three pioneers from the U.S. who began the parish school in Brisbane, Australia.

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Sr. Mary Paul Francis Bailey


BVM Sister Mary Paul Francis Bailey, 91, died Jan. 1 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Born in Springfield, Illinois, she entered the BVM congregation in 1947 from St. Vincent de Paul Parish. She professed final vows in 1955.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Paul Francis taught at Holy Cross and St. Tarcissus, served as treasurer at Immaculata High School and was assistant professor of economics at Mundelein College and Loyola University, where she was also adjunct professor.

She also taught in Missouri, Wisconsin, Mississippi and Iowa.

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Sr. Regina Sitkus


Sister of St. Casimir Regina Sitkus, 92, died Jan. 6.

A native of Pennsylvania, Sister Regina entered the Sisters of St. Casimir in 1941 and made her final vows in 1949. 

Sister Regina taught and was principal in elementary schools in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Nativity BVM (1944-1947, 1962-1964); Providence of God (1947-1948); St. Bartholomew, Waukegan (1948-1950); All Saints (1957-1958); and St. Norbert, Northbrook (1958-1962). Most recently Sister Regina participated in the ministry of prayer (2009-2018) at the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Casimir and then at Franciscan Village in Lemont.

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Sr. Mary Johnellen Garrity


BVM Sister Mary Johnellen Garrity, 90, died Jan. 8 in Dubuque, Iowa. 

Born in Chicago, she entered the BVM congregation in 1945, from St. Andrew Parish. She professed final vows in 1953.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Mary Johnellen taught first grade at St. Charles, ninth grade at St. Mary High School, history at Immaculata High School, and in retirement, she taught part time at Madonna High School. She also taught in New York, Iowa and Kansas.

She is survived by her sister, Irene Schultz.

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Sr. Mary Luke Liss


Holy Family of Nazareth Sister Mary Luke Liss, 70, died Jan. 11, in the 53rd year of her religious life. 

Born in the neighborhood of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish on the Northwest Side, she attended Schurz High School before entering the community in 1965 and professed final vows in 1975. 

She taught at St. Hyacinth as well as at schools in Mount Prospect and in Indiana and Wisconsin, and she was principal at St. Emily School, Mount Prospect.

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Sr. Lorraine Ruh


Sister of St. Joseph Lorraine (Clare Joseph) Ruh, 92, died Jan. 11.

Sister Lorraine had been in religious life for 77 years. She taught at St. Barbara, Brookfield; St. Mary, Riverside; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Melrose Park; St. Francis Xavier, LaGrange; St. John Fisher; St. Leonard, Berwyn; St. Attracta, Cicero; and St. Joseph Military Academy. She also worked in the business office at Bethlehem Center, LaGrange Park and as a switchboard operator/supervisor at the CSJ Center.

She is survived by her siblings John Ruh and Dorothy Stepanik.

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Sr. Margaret Halligan


Sister of St. Joseph Margaret (John Patrick) Halligan, 90, died Jan. 14.

She had been a member of the congregation for 70 years.

Sister Margaret taught at St. John Fisher; Divine Infant, Westchester; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Melrose Park; St. Joseph Academy and St. Francis Xavier, LaGrange; and St. Barbara, Brookfield, where she was also religious education coordinator, coordinator of pastoral care and pastoral associate.

She is survived by her sisters Irene Spahn, Jane Motycka and Catherine Stotts.